Provision of a sovereign loan of up to EUR 11 million to the Railways Infrastructure Company of Montenegro (the "Borrower", the "Company" or the "Client") guaranteed by the state of Montenegro. The loan proceeds will be used to finance the purchase of machinery for the maintenance of civil engineering and electrical railway infrastructure to ensure appropriate railway safety standards (the "Project").
The Project will support the development of the Montenegrin railway infrastructure sector through financing of key maintenance equipment required for proper functioning of the railway infrastructure. The Company's maintenance services are not yet sustainable, as its aging maintenance equipment and vehicles acquired in the mid-1970s are fully amortized and obsolete. The Project will contribute to improvement of the Montenegro's railways safety and Company's efficiency.
ETI score: 67
Primary quality: Well-governed.
The Project will contribute to introducing a five-year public service obligation between the government and the company in line with international best practice. The project will also covenant the adoption of a new law on railways, developed as a result of a cooperation between the Transport Community led by the EU and Western Balkan countries. Also, the project will include the development of a corporate governance action plan ("CGAP") to assist the company to address the issues identified.
Secondary quality: Integrated.
The Project will contribute to the adoption of railway legislation compliant with the EU directives ensuring sustainable source of financing of the railway infrastructure, interoperability and better integration of the railway infrastructure with the Western Balkans region and the EU.
RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MONTENEGRO
Railways Infrastructure Company of Montenegro - ICG
ICG operates a standard-gauge network of 249 km, covering the whole of Montenegro. It was established in 2008 following the unbundling of the then Railways of Montenegro Company ("CG") that was founded in 1908. The unbundling reforms were supported by the EBRD.
The Company is majority-owned by the state (77 per cent). The remaining 33 per cent is owned by local investment funds (15 per cent) and individual investors (8 per cent). The Company has 800 employees.
EBRD Finance Summary
Up to EUR 11 million.
Total Project Cost
The total project cost of up to EUR 11 million will be financed entirely by an EBRD loan backed by a sovereign guarantee from the Montenegro.
Financing structure: The EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions.
Standard setting: The client will make use of the EBRD's expertise on best international procurement standards and higher environmental standards above "business as usual".
Knowledge innovation and capacity building: The EBRD provides expertise, innovation and capabilities that are material to the timely implementation of the Project's objectives, including support to strengthen the capacity of the Client.
Environmental and Social Summary
The Project has been categorized B under ESP 2019, requiring environmental and social due diligence ("ESDD") for the planned acquisition of the new maintenance equipment.
The ESDD will include a review of the machinery for the maintenance of electro-technical railways infrastructure to be purchased as well as the current environmental, health and safety ("EHS") management systems to confirm the Project is structured to meet the Bank's Performance Requirements ("PRs"). The Company has previously demonstrated institutional capacity to implement the Bank's 2014 Environmental and Social ("E&S") Policy and ESDD will verify and confirm this remains the case for the Banks 2019 E&S Policy. Based on the results of the ESDD, an environmental and social action plan ("ESAP") will be developed and agreed with the Company. The PSD will be updated once the ESDD has been completed.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Capacity building TC to support establishment of a project implementation unit ("PIU") at the Company and support it with the preparation of tender documentation, tendering process, monitoring of the use of proceeds and the project implementation.
Following detailed due diligence, detailed assessment of TC needs will be available and additional post-signing TCs may be included at a later stage.
Company Contact Information
+382 68 869 875
Trg Golootockih rtava 13, Podgorica, Montenegro
PSD last updated
04 Oct 2021
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